Map of health painting by Odra Noel

Map of Health, Odra Noel, paint on silk, Wellcome Collection, London.

Working Group

Health Beyond Medicine

In the past years, conceptions of health have been challenged on multiple levels, not only, but also in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical interventions appear as one among a variety of factors that contribute to priority setting in health and wellbeing, from vaccination to laboratory capacities, and from the small scale of individual experiences to global policies. Health Beyond Medicine brings into conversation fields that are often siloed in academic and policy contexts: global public health, biomedical sciences, and patient and health activism. Our aim is to explore analytical pathways in history and philosophy of medicine and establish productive approaches to the emergence, circulation, and transformation of priority setting in health and wellbeing.

Colloquium Poster

Upcoming events (Thursdays at 11:00–12:30):

  • 10.11.2022, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Friedrichstraße 191, 10117 Berlin
    Alisher Latypov, “Islamic Tibb and Socialist Biomedicine: Trajectories, Resiliency and Appeal of Indigenous Medical Practitioners in Soviet Central Asia".
    Please register by email to Dora Vargha: dora.vargha@hu-berlin.de.
  • 08.12.2022, MPIWG, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin
    Alfred Freeborn, “Between Transcultural Disease and International Diagnostic Concept: The International Pilot Study of Schizophrenia (1965-1973)”
    Please register by email to Birgitta von Mallinckrodt: officekeuck@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de.
  • 12.01.2023, Institut für Geschichte der Medizin und Ethik in der Medizin, Charité Berlin, Thielallee 71, 14195 Berlin 
    Anja Suter, “Local Struggles, Transnational Bonds: The Indian Women’s Health Movement and its Campaigns against High Dose EP-Drugs and Long-acting Contraceptives (1980-1995)“
    Please register by email to Birgit Nemec: birgit.nemec@charite.de.

Upcoming Events

Between Transcultural Disease and International Diagnostic Concept: The International Pilot Study of Schizophrenia (1965-1973)

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Local Struggles, Transnational Bonds: The Indian Women’s Health Movement and its Campaigns against High Dose EP-Drugs and Long-acting Contraceptives (1980-1995)

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Past Events

Islamic Tibb and Socialist Biomedicine: Trajectories, Resiliency and Appeal of Indigenous Medical Practitioners in Soviet Central Asia

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